The Gunners went nine years without silverware, but have won the FA Cup for the past two seasons, and their early form in the league suggests they will challenge for the title this term. “In Spain it is difficult to ever think of a manager managing for 20 years,” said Flores. “We live in another philosophy. We think in another philosophy. Sometimes in Spain we don’t wait until the end of the season to change.” Indeed, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is the 18th different manager at Real Madrid since Wenger took over at Arsenal. Sir Alex Ferguson was in charge at Manchester United for 27 years before he retired in 2013. “What Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger did is very difficult to match in other countries, it is impossible,” Flores added. “In other countries it is completely different. Times changes but it is very difficult for other managers. “This is the first time I’ve faced Arsene Wenger. I respect him, the English league is like the Spanish league, we have high respect for this type of manager. He has experience and we have respect.” Watford have taken a healthy 10 points from their opening eight fixtures on their return to England’s top flight, and key to their early-season stability has been the goalscoring form of Odion Ighalo. The 26-year-old Nigeria international has scored five times this term which has taken his tally for the calendar year to 21. No other player in England has scored more times in 2015. Flores will go head-to-head with Wenger for the first time in his career on Saturday evening as Watford play host to Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League. Wenger, whose side are second in the table ahead of the clash, is set to celebrate his 20th anniversary at the club next year. In that period, Arsenal have won the title on three occasions, the last coming back in 2004. Press Association Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores believes Arsene Wenger’s 19-year managerial tenure at Arsenal would be impossible to replicate in his native Spain. Ighalo, who has been nominated for September’s Player of the Month prize, turned down a big-money move to China over the summer, and signed a five-year deal to remain at Vicarage Road earlier this season. But that is unlikely to dampen the enthusiasm of any potential suitors he may have in the January transfer window, particularly if he keeps finding the back of the net. Flores, however, is not concerned. He said: “I’m not scared about Ighalo. I’m happy with him and not thinking about what might happen in the winter market. He had the chance to go out in the summer but decided to stay here and that was an amazing decision. “When a player plays well the value changes to buy him. But we now think Ighalo is our most important player, he is very happy and can play in different positions.”
… League officially launched yesterdayTHE SBF Petroleum-sponsored Jaguars One Day 50 Overs tournament was officially launched yesterday afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s opening round of matches.Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) executive Anand Kalladeen, during the brief ceremony, held upstairs in the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) head office, said that the gesture was a good one by the sponsors.“We are grateful to SBF for accepting the invitation for the Jaguars league. The tourney is a nursery for the Guyana national team and our league has success with over 100 players who have pressed cases for national selection,” said Kalladeen.On behalf of SBF Petroleum, CEO Dorwain Bess stated, “We’re happy to be here and to assist the players. Our company has been around five years and we hope to continue promoting cricket in the future.”Meanwhile a number of former current and future Guyana and West Indies players will be on show over the next few weeks.The team captains pose with Cricket Guyana Inc. (CGI) executive Anand Kalladeen (fifth from right) and SBF Petroleum CEO Dorwain Bess (sixth from left). (Adrian Narine photos)The first round bowls off on October 13 and runs until October 24.East Coast and West Berbice will play at Lusignan while defending champs Essequibo will battle Leon Johnson-led Georgetown at Bourda ground.Berbice will have its fair share of the action when Lower Corentyne and East Bank do business at the legendary Albion ground, with West Demerara tackling Upper Corentyne at the Port Mourant ground. (Clifton Ross)
There’s a reason your parents spanked you and your teacher put you in timeout when you were a kid. It’s not a tough concept to grasp: If you break rules, you’re going to get punished.Or at least you should.Some people believe rules are meant to be broken. When it comes to sports, I strongly disagree.Recently, the sports world has been inundated with cheaters, some of whom have been dealt with properly; the rest have received mere slaps on the wrist.Although it pains me to say it, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick got caught cheating in September by means of the now infamous ?Spygate.? (I’m aware of the Super Bowl XXXVI allegations, but in this country we have a policy known as ?innocent until proven guilty?). Belichick broke the rules and subsequently paid the price for doing so, compliments of rookie NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Belichick was personally fined $500,000; the Pats had to pay a separate fee of $250,000, plus the loss of their 2008 first-round draft pick.Although I bleed Patriot red, white and blue, I tip my cap to Goodell for putting his foot down and sending the message that cheating in his league will not be tolerated. I’d be willing to bet that neither Belichick nor New England owner Robert Kraft ? nor anyone else in the league, for that matter ? will ever (or at least for the foreseeable future) think about illegally videotaping another team. For as NFL fans know, losing a first-round pick is like losing a first-born child, if not worse.Point, Goodell. All others, take notes.As noted last week by former Atlanta Braves relief pitcher John Rocker, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has been turning his back on the widespread use of steroids and other performance enhancing drugs for years. In addition, Selig allowed the MLB Players Association to become so powerful that until 2004, there was no punishment for first-time (caught) juicers. It wasn’t until 2002 that players could be tested for steroids without ?probable cause.?As if they were dealing with the police.Selig was lenient (to say the least) with cheaters until very recently. And look what happened.Baseball is a mess; the integrity of the game is ruined, and former role models have been deemed criminals and liars. And we, the fans, are left in the dust, wondering who to believe and what to think, all because Selig turned the other cheek or said ?bad boy, don’t do that again.?And instead of worrying about a war that?s becoming Vietnam Part II or the current economic crisis in this country, Congress has to worry about steroids in baseball, a game that used to be America?s pastime.Does that seem ridiculous to anyone else?Monday afternoon, I sat in a room in the University of Wisconsin?s Humanities building as Selig addressed a small group of media members. Just feet away from him, I listened to him talk about how baseball is about to re-break the attendance record for the fifth season in a row. One local media member asked the 73-year-old commissioner what made him accept his recent contract extension. Selig explained that it was the owners? persuasion that kept him from retiring before 2012.Of course the owners want Selig to stay. Ticket sales have been through the roof since the emergence of the steroid era. Home runs sell tickets.It?s impossible to argue that Selig didn?t sell tickets; he did. He just did it unethically. And now we?re left with this disaster.Last week, Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson renewed his membership in this fraternity of cheaters and liars. In 2006, Sampson left Oklahoma with a tainted r?sum? after making 500-plus illegal phone calls to recruits. Still, IU Athletic Director Rick Greenspan decided to give Sampson a second chance last March, as he introduced Sampson as the new Indiana head basketball coach, one of the most prestigious titles in sports.Oops.Apparently Sampson didn’t learn his lesson. He’s now accused of committing five ‘major’ recruiting violations at Bloomington, while serving a probation sentence from his first offense.At first thought, it’s easy to point fingers at the Hoosiers’ floor general. After all, he did cheat. Twice. But after getting caught the first time, Sampson basically received a Selig-like sanction.So can you really blame him for trying again? He did get freshman phenom Eric Gordon out of it, right?Yes, those who cheat deserve the blame, just not all of it; the rule enforcers are at fault, too. If your mom didn’t spank you for throwing the football in the living room, you’d do it again, just like Sampson.There’s no place for lenient rule makers in sports. Athletes and coaches alike are pampered enough as it is.USA Track and Field (USATF) has the right idea. In October, multiple Olympic gold medal winner Marion Jones admitted to using steroids in 2000 and 2001. Jones was immediately stripped of her medals and is currently serving a six-month jail sentence.USATF made an example out of Jones for taking steroids and subsequently lying about it. Think track athletes are going to have second thoughts about taking steroids now? You bet.Now, the NCAA has some decisions to make about Sampson. Should Greenspan be stupid enough to give Sampson a third chance, it will be up to the NCAA to provide the proper spanking.Recruiting violations are a big deal; they should not be taken lightly, especially for second-time offenders. A one-year ban doesn’t seem out of the question to me.NCAA, make an example out of Sampson. He deserves it.Derek is a sophomore majoring in economics. If you think Sampson should be given a third chance or perhaps you’d like to defend Bud Selig, you can e-mail him at email@example.com.
TJ Oshie is hurt pic.twitter.com/YIK2JjeICQ— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 19, 2019Oshie stayed down on the ice for several minutes and left soon after holding his shoulder and arm area.“I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge,” Foegele told reporters after the game. “It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he’s OK.” Related News This didn’t look good for the Capitals or T.J. Oshie.The 32-year-old forward left Game 4 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs after going head first into the boards following a hit from Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele. Here’s what Warren Foegele told reporters: “I was trying to lift his stick, trying to give him a little nudge. It was a little unfortunate play there, I wasn’t trying to hurt him or anything. I hope he’s OK.”— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 19, 2019Alex Ovechkin had to be held back from getting into it with Hurricane’s players after the incident. He wasn’t happy after the game.”If the guy’s hurt, it’s a dirty play,” Ovechkin said. “It has to be not two minutes. It has to be a different call.”Alex Ovechkin shares his thoughts about the hit that forced Oshie out of the game. pic.twitter.com/poG2A2EnK2— TSN (@TSN_Sports) April 19, 2019Capitals coach Todd Reirden was heated about the play after the game.”It was a defenseless player that was quite a distance from the boards,” Washington’s coach told reporters. “That’s an extremely dangerous play and he will not be with our team for a while.”Reirden elaborated: “He won’t be playing anytime soon.” Todd Reirden talks with the media after Game 4 with an update on T.J. Oshie pic.twitter.com/Nq4rXn9OEc— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 19, 2019Oshie has a history of injuries and missed 23 games this season with concussion-like symptoms.This is obviously a much different issue, but one that costs the Capitals nonetheless as Oshie is a vital member of Washington’s roster who brings a tough-nosed brand of hockey to the ice as well as a deft ability to score.The Capitals lost the game 2-1 and the series is now tied 2-2. NHL playoffs 2019: Hurricanes’ Andrei Svechnikov in concussion protocol after Alex Ovechkin fight
MASON CITY — For the second time in as many days, Mason City police are investigating a shooting incident. The Mason City Police Department says they were called to the 400 block of North Pennsylvania at about 4:45 Tuesday afternoon for an incident involving several people and vehicles. An 18-year-old male from Waverly was shot during the incident, but police say his injuries were non-life-threatening. No arrests have been made by police, and police say there’s no indication that this shooting is connected to one reported on the city’s north side on Monday. Anybody with information about the shooting incident is asked to contact the Police Department at 421-3636.
In this Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, file photo, Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson (4) watches his game-winning field goal in overtime with Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Carnell Lake (37) during an NFL football game at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The NFL played six games on Thanksgiving in 1920. The holiday tradition apparently didn’t settle in until 1934, the year the Detroit Lions were born.Back then, the Lions were just looking for a way to take some attention from the Detroit Tigers, who were so popular that new football owner George A. Richards thought he needed a diversion even though it was baseball’s offseason.The game against Chicago was a big success, so the Lions have played on Thanksgiving ever since, save for a six-year gap during World War II. The Dallas Cowboys were invited to join them in 1966.Every year since 1978, it’s been Lions and Cowboys on turkey day, with the night-time addition of a third game starting in 2006 thanks to the rise of the NFL Network — although the night game now is on NBC.Not to mention that there are now Thursday night games all season as the league expands its reach.“It seems like every week a team is playing with the new schedule, but there’s nothing like playing on Thanksgiving,” said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who is the Thanksgiving leader since 1960 with 62 catches in 10 games and has 679 yards receiving and three touchdowns. “Every kid, I’m sure, growing up, I was no different. That’s what you love. Your family eats and you watch the Cowboys play. It’s special to be in that game.”And there have been a few special moments — or not so special, depending on your point of view — along the way.LONGLEY TO PEARSON: This is No. 1 on the NFL’s list of Thanksgiving moments. Clint Longley, filling in for an injured Roger Staubach, threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson with 28 seconds left in a 24-23 Dallas victory over Washington in 1974. That game as much as any other helped turn Cowboys-Redskins into one of football’s best rivalries.They almost had a reprise last year when the Cowboys cut a 28-3 deficit to 35-28 in the fourth quarter, but Robert Griffin III led a drive that put it away.SAY IT AIN’T SO, LEON: Cowboys fans will never forget Leon Lett awkwardly sliding on the snow-covered turf of Texas Stadium in 1993, trying to cover up a ball he wasn’t supposed to touch after Dallas blocked a Miami field goal for an apparent victory. Lett’s move made it a live ball, and the Dolphins recovered at the 1. With a second chance, Pete Stoyanovich kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired for a 16-14 win.TOSS THAT TURNED A GAME: Coin tosses were changed forever when referee Phil Luckett didn’t hear Jerome Bettis correctly on the flip for overtime in the 1998 game between Detroit and Pittsburgh. Players generally made the head/tails call with the coin in the air, and Luckett thought he heard “heads.” The coin came up tails, and audio evidence backed Bettis’ claim that he said “tails,” although some said it sounded like Bettis changed his mind mid-word and said something resembling “heh-tails.” Regardless, Detroit got the ball and kicked the field goal for a 19-16 win.In today’s game, refs make sure they have the call before they toss the coin, and overtime rules now give the team that doesn’t get the ball first a chance to match an opening field goal in the extra period.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON swayed Roman Abramovich to buy Chelsea instead of Tottenham – after mistakenly thinking the billionaire was a chauffeur at their first meeting.The Swede told the billionaire he had more chance of success at the Blues as he would only have to “change half the team”.2 Eriksson has revealed he persuaded Abramovich to take over Chelsea over SpursBut Eriksson nearly blew his chances of being a confidant of Abramovich after accidentally mistaking him for a driver in 2003 – months before he took over at Stamford Bridge.Recalling the tale, Eriksson told The Times: “We met at Les Ambassadeurs [a casino and club in London].”There were three men standing there. One is properly dressed, the other is so-so and the third, I thought he was the driver. Of course that was Roman.“He wanted to buy a club in Moscow so we went to Moscow for three days. We saw all the clubs and I said buy Dinamo. They had the best facilities.“I went on holiday and his right-hand man phoned. Roman changed his mind. He wants to buy a club in London.”Tottenham or Chelsea? I said, ‘What does he want to do?’ He said he wants to win.”I said, ‘So buy Chelsea. You have to change half the team. Tottenham you have to change the whole team.’”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneEriksson went on to become close friends with Abramovich – and their weekly meetings at the Russian’s apartment to drink tea and talk football almost led to the Swede taking over as Dinamo boss.In the wide-ranging interview, Eriksson also revealed he told Sir Alex Ferguson to “f*** off” after the Scot threatened to kill him over his use of Wayne Rooney at the 2006 World Cup.The incredible bust-up erupted shortly before the tournament – with Eriksson in charge of England and Fergie still enjoying the glory days at Old Trafford.Rooney had suffered a broken foot shortly before the tournament in Germany, with Eriksson still rushing him in to his 23-man squad as he sought to end 40 years of hurt.The decision sparked a furious tirade from Ferguson who threatened to kill the Swedish boss – but Eriksson stood firm against the hairdryer treatment.Eriksson recalled: “[Ferguson] said, ‘I will kill you. You are finished.’ But I represented England and you have to stand up.2 The bust-up between Sven and Fergie made front and back page newsCredit: News Group Newspapers LtdMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on it”What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong and when you say, ‘Don’t pick Rooney because I’m going to kill you’, I said, ‘F*** off, what’s going on with you?'”And he was screaming. Whenever he got like that… it has no meaning.”That’s why I said, ‘Alex, I will pick Rooney. Now, have a nice holiday. Ciao, bye.'”Sven recalls his worst career defeat: England’s 2006 loss to Portugal
In that case, Juventus faced the match with Atletico after losing 2-0 the first leg in the Metropolitan and the three goals of the Portuguese in the return sent the team then trained by Massimiliano Allegri to the quarterfinals of the maximum continental competition. CR7 scored back and forth from the quarters to Ajax, but the path of his team crashed in that round. This season, Cristiano signs 13 goals in Serie A (marking in five consecutive days) and two in the Champions League, contributing to the classification to the round of 16 as first group. The Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus Turin striker, signed on Monday, in the league game won 4-0 against Cagliari in the Turin Allianz Stadium, the 56th triplet of his career, the first in the Italian Serie A. Cristiano started 2020 with a great performance and reached 13 goals in Serie A, placing six goals away from the top gunner of the tournament, Ciro Immobile, which allowed Juventus to momentarily take the lead alone while waiting for what Inter Milan in the field of Naples does on Monday. The Portuguese striker already signed 56 triplets in his career, between the clubs and the Portuguese national team, but he had never managed to score three goals in the Italian Serie A, competition in which he has played since the summer of 2018 after signing for Juventus from Real Madrid. Cristiano celebrates one of his goals for Cagliari.Juventus “The most important thing is the team. We play very well. Marking goals is always a joy, but what counts most is to win and increase the pressure on Inter,” said Cristiano at the end of the game, in statements to Italian television Sky Sport . “We are improving game after game, not only in defense but also in attack and in the midfield.” The new year began in the best way for Cristiano, who until now had only marked a triplet with the Juventus shirt, last March against Atlético Madrid in the round of the knockout stages of the Champions League.
PARIS (AP):Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria will join Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on a four-year deal to become the second most expensive player in the French league history. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Di Maria is expected in Paris later this week to sign the deal after undergoing a medical exam in Doha on Monday.He spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak publicly about the deal before it is official. Manchester United have agreed to sell the Argentina winger for a fee that is “in the region of €63 million (US$69 million)” the person said.At PSG, the versatile Di Maria will be teaming up with Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, who joined the Qatari-funded club for a reported fee of €64 million hen PSG broke the French transfer record in 2013. The former Real Madrid midfielder joined United for £59.7 million (US$99 million) last summer as the most expensive signing in the history of British football, but he had an inconsistent season at Old Trafford.Di Maria got off to a bright start early in the season then struggled to adapt to the Premier League.
ISLAMABAD (AP): Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt smashed a century and fast bowler Mohammad Asif took two wickets as the convicted spot-fixers made their first appearance yesterday in competitive cricket after being away for more than five years. Butt scored 135 off 143 balls with 14 fours while Asif took 2-22 as they led the Water and Power Development Authority to a convincing 141-run victory over Federally Administered Tribal Areas in a one-day cup match in Hyderabad. “I hope that this is the new beginning,” Butt said. “As long as I will get more matches, I will improve.” Rehabilitation Both players were eligible to compete from last September when their bans ended but first had to go through the Pakistan Cricket Board’s rehabilitation programme. Asif, Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Amir were banned for at least five years for deliberate no-balls at a 2010 Test match against England. Butt was captain of the team for the Lord’s Test. Amir pleaded guilty from the onset, which accelerated the left-arm fast bowler’s return to the national team, Butt and Asif went on to challenge the bans until their appeals were rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Responsibility accepted Both players ultimately accepted their responsibility before the ICC lifted their bans. The PCB agreed a six-month rehabilitation programme for the duo that included lectures to younger cricketers on anti-corruption before allowing them to compete in domestic matches. “I am very relaxed, the toughest phase of my life is over,” Asif said. “This one-day tournament will help me gauge where I stand … International cricket is my target but I have to do well in the domestic matches before I can hope (for) international cricket.” Pakistan coach Waqar Younis said last week that, if they perform well in domestic matches, both players deserve another chance in international cricket.